The first trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody” is here, and it’s here to remind you that the soundtrack of the Queen biopic is going to be dynamite. Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) will star as Freddie Mercury, the legendary frontman, a role highly-anticipated when the film was announced in 2010 and one that had already spat out one linked-up lead actor (Sacha Baron Cohen) before a trailer could ever be put together in 2013.
Malek’s performance is sure to come under a close microscope when the filmed is released in November, if not as soon as 20th Century Fox releases a fuller trailer compared to this that’s just over 90 seconds long. Until then, this trailer dials up a mashup of Queen’s greatest hits that has tempted me to overplay it too many times within the first six hours of its release, thus assuring us anxious viewers that the music, above all else, will dominate. And no wonder: band originals, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, have helped produce the film. The most dialogue we hear comes within the period Queen records the title track to this movie, which is met with some surprise and resistance. It projects as a showcase of how transcendent and legendary Queen’s music was, and that’s exciting.
Here’s the trailer: